YoYo Games are currently attending Game Developers Conference (GDC) 2014 in San Francisco. Today they announced a strategic partnership with Sony Computer Entertainment Inc. offering GameMaker Studio users the ability to publish their games to PS3, PS4, and PS Vita.
GameMaker Studio users will be able to publish their games to the PlayStation platform free of charge as long as they are a licensed PlayStation developer.
YoYo Games CEO Sandy Duncan said, “Today’s announcement is a major milestone in our strategy to make powerful, cross-platform game development more widely accessible. It’s particularly good news for the indie development community in that it will remove the complexity barrier that exists in delivering indie gaming experiences to PlayStation users.”
Sony senior VP Teiji Yutaka said, “We are pleased to be working with YoYo Games to deliver GameMaker Studio for our PlayStation platforms. PlayStation users will soon be allowed to enjoy a wide variety of creative games including unique indie game titles from GameMaker’s growing global community of developers, which includes some of the most acclaimed independent talent in the world…”
Sony’s senior business development developer Shahid Ahmad tweeted, “A big thank you to YoYo Games for their tireless work on bringing GameMaker to all PlayStation devices.”
Reactions to this long-awaited announcement were mixed but mostly positive.
GameMaker community member Chris Sanyk said, “Wow, thanks! Keep opening more doors for us, YoYo Games!”
Fellow community member Alex Ziska said, “How useless for 99% of the people, yet they all rejoice.”
Code College operator David Batty tweeted, “This is great news for GameMaker developers. Congratulations to YoYo Games for constantly improving an already top product.”
Open Beta Availability
The GameMaker Studio open beta for licensed PlayStation developers will be available immediately following GDC. GameMaker Studio’s exports for PS3, PS4, and PS Vita are currently in development, with availability to licensed developers expected April 30th 2014 for PS4, May 30th 2014 for PS Vita and June 30th 2014 for PS3.
Become A PlayStation Developer
Self-publishing on the PlayStation network has the following benefits:
- You can set the price and release date of your game
- No setup fees
- Receive a free ESRB rating
- Streamlined submission process
- Market your game to millions of PlayStation fans through the PlayStation Blog